Magz Hall is a creative sound and radio artist and producer, her radio work has been broadcast in the UK and internationally. Her sound installations exhibited at: Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Whitechapel Gallery, British Museum, Tate Britain, V and A, The Barbican, The Sainsbury Centre, Jerwood, MACBA Barcelona, Deep Wireless Festival Toronto, The Lightworks Festival (winner Sound Commission 2012), USA, Morocco and Denmark.
Her ambisonic soundtrack of Hong Kong airport for the Foster Studio was described as "extraordinary" in The Anxious City: English Urbanism in the Late Twentieth Century by Richard J. Williams. Radio Mind was an "intriguing and beautiful work" commissioned winner for the Lightworks Festival. Spiritual Radio was selected for the Whitechapel Gallery a a transmitting book devised for "the listener who is tuned to the right frequency” (The Guardian).
Tree Radio (2015) was a living sound and radio installation at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She was selected for Jerwood Open Forest (2016) and was a finalist for BASCA British Composer of the Year award for Sonic Art 2016 and selected for the Alt Barbican Exhibition in 2017.
A founder of London’s award winning arts station Resonance FM Magz was a former director of the Community Media Association where she helped to successfully push for community radio in the UK. She produced and presented a critically acclaimed arts and experimental music show 'You Are Hear' 2002-10 (Resonance/Totally Radio).
She is interested in the artistic potential of radio, with a focus on sound and radio events and installations outside conventional settings. Her research work has been framed by the concept of radio art as live event using micro fm and installation to consider the future of FM Radio after analogue switch off.
She runs Radio Arts, exploring the artistic potential of radio, commissioning new works and running events.
Research and knowledge exchange
Currently working on new project for Galway City of Culture 2020.
Switch Off Ten fictive ‘trace stations’ examined a different facet of radio art practice through experimentation. Within the framing device of a future, vacated FM spectrum, this became a speculative space within which to reimagine the utopian potentiality of radio as revealed at its apparent point of obsolescence.
She runs Expanded Radio Research Group at CCCU and founded Radio Arts running since 2001 gaining funding for projects from European Social Fund, Fast Forward Grants and Awards For All, ACE, KCC and curated and ran the following:
Radio Arts workshops (2013-17): Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, Tate Britain, V and A, Super Normal Festival, Whitstable Biennale, Duchamp Festival, The Old Lookout Gallery, Turner Contemporary Margate, The Beaney Museum, LV21, Folkestone Triennale. Funded by ACE and KCC and venues.
Radio Art Workshops (2006): Albany Centre, Deptford, London, Broadcast on Resonance FM, Deep Wireless Festival, Toronto 2007, CKLN FM and NYC free103point9fm.
Dreamlands Commissions (2014-15) curated 15 artists to produced new radio art works broadcast on 11 partner stations and streamed on dedicated radio gallery. Funded by ACE and KCC for Radio Arts airing on ABC Australia, RTE, Resonance FM, Phonic FM, Sound Art Radio, Radio Reverb, WGXC, BCB, Radio Papesse, Radiophrenia and Borealis Festival Radio.
Switched On (2015): curated live event for Radio Arts at Beaney Museum, Canterbury featuring ten artists. Funded by ACE.
Radio Arts Showcase (2014) The Beaney Museum Canterbury and Switched On live event across the galleries (2015).
Her practice based PhD thesis was titled: Radio After Radio: Redefining Radio Art in the light of new media technology, through expanded practice. Conducted at CRISAP, LCC University of the Arts London, (Creative Research in Sound Art Practice).
Teaching and subject expertise
Magz teaches and oversees all radio production and theory modules for the BA Radio Pathway in Film Radio and Television she runs modules in : radio drama, documentary, features, music programmes, commercial production, magazine programmes, podcasting, new perspectives in radio studies, radio art and contemporary broadcasting.
Magz is a member of the Radio Academy, CMA, The Radio Studies Network, ECREA, MeCCSA,, PRS, Artist Network and runs Radio Arts www.radioarts.org.uk
2015/17: Mutek Festival, Tate Modern, Hull University Sound and Environment, Goldsmiths and Kent University The Sound of Memory, Jerwood Arts Space, Transnational Radio Encounters University of Utrecht, Goldsmiths Women in Sound, Sound Art Matters Kunst Haus Gallery Aarhus DK, Critical Waves, ICA. Keynote Net Station Conference University of Bragga Portugal. Brighton Digital Festival Radio // Future Sounds Conference, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, University of the Arts London, ECREA Radio Research Madrid, Story of Sound for Lighthouse Arts Brighton Pavilion, Camden Peoples Theatre. University of Hull.
2013/14: Outside Sounds Exrapool Holland, Symposium Acoustic Ecology Kent University, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art London. ECREA Radio Research Conference University of Sunderland, London. University of Kent. International Radio Conference University of Bedford. Theatre in the Cloud, Gulbenkian Theatre, ABF Whitechapel Gallery London. 2011/2012: Trans X Transmission Art Symposium Toronto, Transmission Arts Colloquium NYC, Radio Art. Universitat Abat Oliba, CEU Barcelona, University of the Arts LCC, Milan University Italy.
2006-10: Sunderland University, Thames Valley University, Central St Martins, Sienna University, University of St Andrews, London School of Economics, London Metropolitan University, London College of Communications, Chelsea College of Art, Deep Wireless Festival Toronto, Dana Centre London Science Museum, The Big Chill Festival and the CMA Radio Festival.
Geographical Magazine, The Memo, Resurgence & Ecologist, Art Dependence Magazine, This is tomorrow Contemporary Art Magazine, Aesthetica, London Live TV, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Observer, The Independent, The Times, The Irish Times, BBC Website, BBC Radio One, BBC Kent, Deutschlandfunk Culture, A-N, Radio Survivor, WOW, Musik Magazine, Sleaze Nation, The Wire, Mute, Frieze, Radio Survivor,Time Out, Metro, Evening Standard, West End Extra, Times Literary Supplement, Etapes, Thanet Times and SAM.
2015 Expanded Radio Art as Practice, Setup4 magazine, Weserburg Museum of Arts, Centre for Artists’ Publications
2014 Guest editor of Radio Art Reflections a series for Sounding Out Journal wrote The New Wave on Radio Arts in the UK
2007 Contributor The Alternative Media Handbook, Routledge.
2006 You Are Hear Sessions 2002-5 CD compilation of 20 live radio sessions, Hearing Aid Records.
2005 Contributor to the Community Radio Toolkit, CMA Radio Regan.
2003 Hearing Aid Records limited edition vinyl LP Flat Pack Antenna featuring 29 contributing artists including Gavin Turk, Marcia Farquhar, John Wynne and Jem Finer, raised £6000 for Resonance FM.